This figural cat cast iron still bank was made by the AC Williams company of Ravenna, Ohio. AC Williams was founded by John Williams in 1844 and traces its origins to Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The company initially focused on producing hardware and relocated to Ravenna approximately 50 years later after a series of catastrophic fires. Shortly after the move, the company shifted focus to making miniatures, which lead to the production of toys as well as small banks. At one point, AC Williams was the largest toy and still bank manufacturer in the world. The company ceased production of banks at the onset of WWII and stopped making toys in the 1970's.
This AC Williams still bank has been made in the form of a cat crouching down with its tail curled up over its right back leg. The cat has been depicted playing with a ball between its front paws. The piece has a two piece mold construction and was joined together with a screw at the midpoint of its body. The coin slot is located between its rear haunches. An example of this piece can be found in the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
The bank is in very good condition with no losses, rust or restoration. As seen in the accompanying photographs, the piece retains traces of its original paint. The bank measures 5.5" in length and is just over 1.75" at its widest point. It stands just under 2.5" at its tallest point and weighs in at 1lb 2 oz.
This highly collectible cast iron still bank displays beautifully and would be a great addition to a grouping of antique banks. Very cute!
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Antique AC Williams Cast Iron Still Bank Cat Playing with Ball
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